Perhaps I should have consulted a tea leaf reader when compiling this post; according to the rumour mill, Fuji’s X-Pro2 is due in about a month – around 15th January to be precise.
But that’s all speculation. There is some evidence that the -2 is imminent though, including the EXIF data lifted from some of the recent images of the Paris outrages, posted by a photojournalist on the scene.
There is also at least one blurry photograph doing the rounds. It shows a top plate, with the new camera’s name and a cable release attached to the shutter button. That could have come from the Fantasy Land of Photoshop Hoaxes as much as anywhere else – it’s hard to know.
Predictably, Fuji is saying nothing.
I was a really late starter with the X-Pro, getting mine just a couple of months ago. So new is it that I’ve barely learned how to switch it on and yet here I am positing a new camera.
Chutzpah? Well, no. My X-Pro2 wish list is short and echoes many other long-time users.
For me, I want the AF point adjustment to be as easy as it is on the X100T. The four quadrants of the selector do a fine job and it’s easy to reset the focus area to the centre.
I foreswore the APS-C sensor size some years ago, when I started back on FF with the wonder of a D700. That lasted a long while, until my X100T arrived and suddenly, I became less and less concerned about quality and rendering, largely because Fuji’s sensor technology and perfectly matched lens has given APS-C such a strong boost. At 16mp, the X-Pro’s current sensor works brilliantly well and delivers crisp, colourful and workable RAW images. If it were only to reflect the technological changes that have occurred in the last four years, a jump to (at least) 24mp would be well justified. Maybe more. Based on the current product cycle, the X-Pro3 won’t appear until around 2020, so this sensor really does need to have legs,
And yes, I’d like a full frame sensor, but as said above, this is no longer a deal breaker.
The X100T’s viewfinder switches between optical and digital with the flick of a switch and I confess, I use the digital option almost exclusively. It’s brilliant and coupled to the X100’s silent electronic shutter, an unbeatable combination for discreet street shooting. Implementing both on the -2 should be easy…
Then there’s video. There was a time when most of us railed about getting a camera with our new Nokia, or Ericsson. I mean, it’s a damned phone, not some hybrid toy after all. Who needs a bloody camera? Well, that rant didn’t last long and today, it’s difficult to avoid hauling out a phone to take a snap shot of an interesting sign, book title, scene, or just about anything. So I’m really leery of asking Fuji to remove the video function in my new X-Pro. I have no clue as to when I might suddenly find that I have a use for it after all.
But I will nonetheless. I currently have two Nikon DSLRs, a two Sonys (an NEX-7 and a NEX C-3) and two Fujis, all of which have a video capability, none of which I use. Added to which, the location of the video controls are invariably placed by a blind/drunk designer acting on the instructions of a committee that couldn’t agree what they wanted. Case in point; the NEX-7 arrived with the most ludicrously placed video button, which innocent finger proximity invariably activated at the moment critique in an imortant photo shoot. It took a firmware update to provide a system-level off switch.
Articulated rear LCD? My Sony NEX-7 has one. Sometimes when I remember, I use it. Most times, It stays very neatly folded up. So, do I want one on my new X-Pro? Maybe. I can’t recall.
Some weeks ago, Ming Thein blogged about new mirrorless design. It was an excellent piece and drew many hundreds of comments, illustrating (as if were needed) just how wide of the mark Canon and Nikon are with their
mirrorless offerings rumblings.
Given Fuji’s earlier working relationship with Nikon, the latter’s tardiness in delivering a mirrorless solution is even more perplexing.
As a two system user; Nikon for when my Land Rover does the hauling and APS-C for long distance travel, I’m moderately happy. The full frame/APS-C issue is thereby neatly resolved and the image quality I’m able to deliver continues to improve – albeit at different rates for each sensor format.
Will the X-Pro2 make a huge difference? Probably not, but if Fuji sees its way to implement these (simple enough) enhancements, then improving the quality of my photographic output will be more about honing my abilities and less on working with the oddities of the camera I’m using.
Either way, I’m fairly sure I’ll be along to the Friendly Neighbourhood Camera Centre soon after the first X-Pro2s arrive, credit card at the ready and no doubt you’ll be reading about it soon after that.
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